A compilation of studies from eMarketer, PEW, and region-specific groups has examined social network use and trust for regions around the world. Emerging markets approaching more common internet access both used and trusted social networks more.
Articles by Rob D. Young
Through the use of the Google Earth API technology and a grant given to the sea turtle conservation network WIDECAST, Google is funding the tracking of a sea turtle named Jklynn as she follows an ancestral path to create nests across the Carribean.
While we spend a lot of time talking about the battle between Google and Apple, both companies are also fighting against a powerful third competitor: Amazon. This infographic examines how Amazon comes into play in the technology wars.
Google is investing $94 million in solar farms built by Recurrent Energy in the Sacramento, California region. This brings Google's total clean energy investments to over $925 million, with over $880 million in 2011 alone.
Apple has won a major patent victory over HTC and Android. Meanwhile, UK telecommunications company BT has opened another patent case that targets a wide array of Google servicesand Microsoft has won an android patent case against Motorola.
The AMEE global environmental intelligence platform is expanding into user-facing apps, including a new hybrid web search and computational engine that helps you track down information and get concrete calculations on your carbon footprint.
Google has added some fancy features for the hyper-mobile. Those using a mobile device to search for movies will find movie information, trailers, and the option to buy tickets from their phone, while tableteers will find a richer image search.
Google has released a compilation of Street View images that cover 44,000 kilometers of the region devastated by Japan's March 11th tsunami and earthquake. Users can view before and after footage as if they were right there, standing on the streets.
Healthline and Wolfram Alpha have both announced new features specifically related to comsumer health information. Healthline now offers crowd sourced information on drug experiences while Wolfram Alpha taps into a rich compilation of clinical data.
Have you wondered which apps are most popular for each age category of user? Nielsen has conducted a study on the topic, and their findings show high popularity of social apps for young users and rising popularity of games and deals for older users.
Google has purchased the copyright management group RightsFlow for implementation on YouTube and other Google properties. The technology will be used to identify the use of copyrighted music and make appropriate payments to the rights holders.
Google leaders have offered $33 million to restore historic Hangar One. The funds are being offered through an LLC with no affiliation with Google, but there's one condition: that LLC would get rights to two-thirds of the hangar's floor space.
Google has launched a content-sharing tool that's all about finding new things to do in the real world. This project lets users create, share, find, discuss, and track progress on "schemes" for goals, activities, and adventures.
Google is combining its three major services that focus on connecting with other people. Users can now take advantage of Google+ to filter emails, view recent Plus updates in Gmail, and get updated information in Contacts via Google profiles.
Google is integrating additional mobile and Offers features with the Google+ social network. Upcoming features will allow check-in based offers, incentivizing Plus shout-outs for local businesses – but stepping on the toes of other Google services.
Google’s most recent tweak to the search engine results page layout drops the Google +1 button from constant visibility. Searchers will now see the button when they hover over a SERP entry and on any websites they have previously +1'd.
Google's long-anticipated social reading platform for Android and iOS has launched. Google Currents gives consumers access to 180 digital publications while giving publishers a self-service platform with integrated analytics.
StumbleUpon has done an overhaul, introducing numerous features and aesthetic changes. The updates are inspired in part by recent exponential growth in mobile use; the company hopes to apply similar concepts here and achieve comparable results.
Yahoo has updated its image search with two significant new features. Searchers can now scroll infinitely through the results and share images they like on either Facebook or Twitter. Yahoo is the last of the major search sites to add such features.
Google has made their search bar into a graphing calculator. When you type in a mathematical function (trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic) on Google, the search results will contain an interactive graph of the function you just entered.